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Bureaucracy vs. Democracy Hosted by The Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Common Good

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

On February 19, the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Common Good will co-host a morning forum, “Bureaucracy vs. Democracy,” discussing the need to reboot legacy bureaucracies.

The event will consist of three panels looking at the bureaucratic causes of public paralysis and voter alienation. Philip Howard will present a paper summarizing economic, psychological, and legal critiques of bureaucracy.


  • Edmund Phelps, Director, Center on Capitalism and Society (2006 Nobel Prize)
  • Philip K. Howard, Chair, Common Good


  • Patrick Foye, President, MTA
  • Francis Fukuyama, Stanford (political science) via video
  • Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute (urban economics)
  • Heather R. Higgins, Chairman, Independent Women’s Forum (moderator)
  • Bruce Homer, CUNY (cognitive overload)
  • Sally Katzen, NYU Law (regulatory expert)
  • Robin Lake, University of Washington (education) via video
  • Paul C. Light, NYU (public service)
  • Megan McArdle, columnist, Washington Post (moderator)
  • Richard Robb, Columbia (economics)
  • Paul Romer, NYU (economics, 2018 Nobel Prize) via video
  • Richard Sennett, NYU and LSE (sociology)
  • Jeremy Waldron, NYU Law (legal philosophy)
  • Mark Whitaker, journalist (moderator)


February 19
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Columbia University; International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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